Faculty in the News - Archive
Monday, September 8, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerLos Angeles Times
%E2%80" On the heels of the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, each company%E2%80%99s chief executive officer is reportedly departing with millions in severance pay despite the near financial collapse of both mortgage giants. Daniel Mudd (Fannie Mae) and Richard Syron (Freddie Mac) oversaw the expansion of the companies%E2%80%99 reliance on subprime mortgages, many of which went into default during the last two years. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and a former director at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, says, %E2%80%9CHow can we pay these people these exorbitant amounts of money when they brought us to the brink of financial disaster?%E2%80%9D
Friday, September 5, 2008Professor Daniel GoldbergThe New York Times
– Representative Charles Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort. Under federal law it is a felony to "willfully" evade payment of taxes or file a false return, and sentences can include prison terms and fines of up to $100,000. But Daniel Goldberg, JD, a tax law professor at the School of Law, said that the I.R.S. rarely pursued criminal prosecution or imposed fines in cases where no back taxes were owed.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008Professor Mark GraberThe Baltimore Sun
– The Maryland attorney general’s office said yesterday that it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a state Court of Appeals ruling that a prisoner’s child-molestation confession can’t be used against him because he had asked for counsel years earlier during a separate interrogation. Mark Graber, JD, PhD, MA, a professor of law and government at the University of Maryland School of Law, said, "This is not a case where you worry about the guy being pressured to the point where he breaks down. ... I confess I might side with the dissent."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerWUSA-TV, Ch. 9 (Washington, D.C.), World Socialist Web Site
– After one of the largest evacuations in American history, people who fled Hurricane Gustav say shelters don’t have enough beds and showers, and evacuees aren’t sure how they will get home. Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, said, "[Emergency officials] have the evacuation down, [they’ve] got a lot of work to do on sheltering, and [they] have a lot of work to do on recovery."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerWTOP-AM, Washington, D.C., "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," MPT
– A joint effort by federal, state, and local emergency management officials to prepare New Orleans and its citizens for Hurricane Gustav proved that government agencies have made significant strides since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana/Mississippi region in 2005. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, said, "It seems that the federal government has its act together now in a way it did not have three years ago." Greenberger added, "So this is a major improvement. And I think we're seeing that appearance play out in the way the services are working for the people of the Gulf Coast.
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